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Well, it's been a little while since we've told you about doctors and allied medical professionals disciplined by the Maryland Board of Physicians. We'll try to do a little catch-up today, starting with this list of sanctions from March and April 2009:

Nelson A. Burton, M.D. Area of Practice: Thoracic Surgery (Falls Church, VA)
Reprimand. The Board took reciprocal action on an action by the Virginia Board of Medicine for failure to follow up on a CT scan report that recommended an MRI. Date of Action: March 16, 2009

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Peter C. Gleason, M.D. Area of Practice: Psychiatry (Annapolis, MD)
Termination of probationary terms and conditions imposed by the Final Decision and Order dated July 10, 2008. The physician has complied with the terms and conditions precedent. Date of Action: March 5, 2009

Stephen C. Hamilton, M.D. Area of Practice: Internal Medicine (Annapolis, MD)
Administrative Fine of $550; terms and condition. The healthcare practitioner committed prohibited acts under H.O. §14-404(a)(3)(ii) and (36) with respect to completion of continuing medical education credits as required by H.O. §14-316 and COMAR 10.32.01. Date of Action: March 6, 2009

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Charles Y. Kim, M.D. Area of Practice: OB/GYN (Frederick, MD)
Termination of probationary terms and conditions imposed by the Final Decision and Order dated July 23, 2008. The physician has complied with the terms and conditions precedent. Date of Action: March 5, 2009

George S.G. Lakner, M.D. Area of Practice: Psychiatry (Washington, DC)
Suspension for 3 years from date of the original August 29, 2005 order; fine of
$10,000 to be paid in 30 days or in quarterly installments over a 2 year period. After
an allocution hearing on the issue of sanction, the Board issued its sanction based on the
findings of fact and conclusions of law of the August 29, 2005 order. Date of Action:
March 17, 2009

Brian M. Levin, M.D. Area of Practice: Urology (Westminster, MD)
Reprimand; terms and conditions. The physician did not timely disclose to his patient
or to the hospital that he had made an error in diagnosis and removed the wrong kidney.
Date of Action: March 27, 2009

Roman Ostrovsky, M.D. Area of Practice: General Practice (Baltimore, MD)
Petition for Reinstatement is denied. The Board will not consider any further
applications for reinstatement before June 12, 2010. Date of Action: March 23, 2009

Mahmaud Shirazi, M.D. Area of Practice: Internal Medicine (Salisbury, MD)
Permanent Revocation. The Board found that the physician used his position as a
physician to take advantage of four women by unwanted and demeaning sexual touching
during medical examinations. Date of Action: March 17, 2009

Nina S. Sloan, RCP Area of Practice: Respiratory Care (Timonium, MD)
Revocation. The allied health professional violated the May 23, 2007, order of the
Board by failing to take the ethics course required by the order. Date of Action: March
27, 2009

Pearson Sunderland, M.D. Area of Practice: Psychiatry (Chevy Chase, MD)
Revocation; the Board will not entertain a petition for reinstatement before one year
from the date of the order. The Board determined that the physician pled guilty to a
crime of moral turpitude, that is, engaged in a conflict of interest in violation of U.S.C.
§208 (a), and was thereby subject to statute that mandates revocation of license. Date of
Action: March 30, 2009

Norman D. Tzou, M.D. Area of Practice: Family Practice (Frederick, MD)
Reprimand; fine of $10,000 to be paid in full no later than 18 months from the date
of the order; and terms and conditions. The physician failed to cooperate with a Board
investigation by failing to respond to the Board subpoenas and letters requesting
responses and information. Date of Action: March 27, 2009

Ali A. Al-Attar, M.D. Area of Practice: Internal Medicine (Suitland, MD)
Suspension for 3 years; all but 1 year stayed; fine in the amount of $30,000; terms
and conditions; after 1 year and completion of terms and conditions, physician may
petition the Board to stay the suspension; should the Board allow the physician to
practice he shall be placed on probation for 4 years subject to terms and conditions.
The Board found that the physician violated eight separate grounds of the Maryland
Medical Practice Act that included failure to meet standards of quality care, over
utilization of health care, failure to keep adequate medical records, willfully makes or
files a false record or report in the practice of medicine, and unprofessional conduct.
Date of Action: April 22, 2009

Eric C. Greenberg, M.D. Area of Practice: Internal Medicine (Bethesda, MD)
Summary Suspension. The Board found that the public health, safety, or welfare
imperatively requires emergency action based on, including but not limited to, a positive
test for cocaine, prescribing medications to family members, and his prescribing practices
of CDS. Date of Action: April 16, 2009

Randolph P. Johnston, M.D. Area of Practice: General Practice: Psychiatry (Frederick, MD)
Permanent Surrender. The physician permanently surrendered his license to avoid
further prosecution of the Board's public charges that he failed to meet standards of
quality care and maintain adequate medical records based on inappropriate prescription
of CDS to a patient with a known history of substance abuse. Date of Action: April 24,
2009

Shane D. Lloyd, MRT, Applicant, No License Area of Practice: Medical Radiation Technology (Boonsboro, MD)
Application for certification as a medical radiation technologist is denied. The Board
found that the applicant has an extensive history for crimes involving moral turpitude and
vehicular and non-vehicular drug and alcohol related offenses. Date of Action: April 22,
2009

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Paul J. Mackoul, M.D. Area of Practice: OB/GYN (Bethesda, MD)
Reprimand; Fine of $2,500 to be paid within 30 days of effective date of the order.
The physician was sanctioned by the District of Columbia (DC) Medical Board for
failure to report a DC hospital adverse action, and failed to report on his 2005 Maryland
renewal application the DC Board action when it was pending. Date of Action: April 8,
2009

David J. Zuckerman, M.D. Area of Practice: OB/GYN (Rockville, MD)
Summary Suspension; immediately stayed; provided that the physician complies
and continues to comply with certain terms and conditions. The Board found that the
physician suffers from a medical or psychological condition that is likely to continue
without proper care and treatment and which may be the cause of certain detrimental
behavior that was manifested in a hospital setting. Date of Action: April 15, 2009

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